Nebraska's graduation success rate at all-time high

Published: Nov. 15, 2016 at 3:40 PM CST
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University of Nebraska student-athletes continue to be among the nation’s best in the classroom. The NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) on Tuesday, with Nebraska posting its highest overall GSR in the 12-year history of the rate.

Nebraska posted an all student-athlete GSR of 88 percent, an improvement of 2 percent from a year ago. In the past three years, Nebraska has improved its GSR by 8 percent.

In addition to the highest all student-athlete GSR in Nebraska history, six Husker teams achieved a perfect 100 percent GSR. Those teams included women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, softball, women’s tennis, volleyball and men’s tennis. The women’s basketball, women’s tennis and volleyball programs have achieved a perfect GSR each of the 12 years the rate has been computed by the NCAA.

Nine other Husker programs achieved a GSR of 85 percent or higher, including baseball, men’s cross country/track, football, men’s gymnastics, rifle, women’s cross country/track, women’s golf, soccer and women’s swimming.

The football program again saw an improvement in its GSR at 86 percent. The 86 percent GSR for the football program ranked second in the Big Ten, trailing only Northwestern.

Also in the football GSR, Nebraska ranked in a tie for 10th among the 65 schools in the Power Five Conferences (plus Notre Dame). Nebraska joined Stanford, Northwestern, South Carolina, Duke, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Boston College, Virginia Tech, UCLA, and Miami in the top 10. Among public schools, Nebraska’s football program had the fourth-best GSR among Power Five Schools.

The 2016 football team has three players competing as graduates this season. Another 19 members of the senior class are on track to earn their degrees at the completion of UNL’s fall semester.

The GSR is an NCAA measurement that, unlike the federally mandated graduation rates, includes transfer data in the calculation. The GSR data released on Tuesday is based on four classes of scholarship student-athletes who entered college in the fall of 2006 to the fall of 2009.

The GSR allows for a six-year window in which the student-athlete can earn his or her degree. Although the GSR includes student-athletes who transferred to Nebraska, it does not count student-athletes who transferred to another school and were academically eligible at the time of their transfer.